Archive for the ‘Wargaming’ Category

Had the pleasure of painting a single 28mm figure from

the Stoessi`s Heroes range the other day and I have to say

what a fantastic high quality figure you get for your money.

The character in the pictures is Canadian Highlander Sergeant

Harold, a scout and sniper.

 

If you want an extra special figure to add to your Bolt Action

army then this is the place to come.

 

What’s more there are some excellent step by step articles

on the web site showing how to paint your figures and a

brief background to each individual character which is

a really nice touch.

JTFM is a Canadian company specializing in 1/56 scale and

28mm vehicles that are ideal for Bolt Action wargaming. The

company trades under the name Die Waffenkammer and can

be found at the following link: JTFM

This particular vehicle is a Stug iii with the late 75mm gun. The kit

comes withy various options allowing 3 types of guns, Schurzen, different

Mg manlets and loads of stowage. You also get two crew figures.

The kit is resin and compared to the Bolt Action Tiger which I

assembled in a previous post its a much better fitting and offers

a lot more detail.

Overall it was a really easy kit to assemble and the most detailed

at this scale I have seen to date.

One minus point and its worth mentioning. I got hold of this kit

via a swap with a friend who basically wanted shot of it after

the trouble he experienced buying the model in the first place.

Apparently customer relations are not what they should be at JTFM

and it would of been quicker going to Canada and getting the item

himself via canoe than waiting for it to come by post. Perhaps

something to work on JTFM ?

Anyway leaving that aside an excellent model.

Enjoy the pictures of the Stug stalking the Normandy hedgerows:

My boys have suddenly got into Dungeons and Dragons

and I got the job of painting up the figures.

So far I have only completed two but it lots of fun

painting them up and getting a blast from the past

at the same time.

Redgar is a mighty Human Fighter and Jozan is a cleric.

I shall attempt Lidda and Mialee next.

28mm is not my usual figure painting size and I think it

still needs a bit of work ?

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This is one of the latest 15mm offerings from Zvezda and as you would expect ,

the kit is plastic and simple to assemble.

The Sturm Tiger was created as an infantry support vehicle, specifically to

destroy urban targets(buildings). The Germans had learnt to their bitter cost

that street fighting was not easy and they needed something to even the balance.

Thus they created the monster known as the Sturm Tiger. It consisted of a

380 mm Raketen-Werfer 61 L/5.4, a breech-loading rocket launcher which fired

1.5m long rounds(weighing 376kg) and delivered 125kg explosive charge. The round

could flatten a factory !

The vehicle used the Tiger tank chassis as its base.

Unfortunately for Germans they were not available until the end of the war and

only took part in action in the Warsaw Uprising, the battle of the Bulge and the final

battle for the Reichswald. Only 19 were built.

I have painted mine up in dot camouflage but its hard to see with all the weathering. I

wanted to give the vehicle a just driven through an destroyed building look in a very

grimy urban scene. Perhaps just about to fire a huge round on some unsuspecting defenders

in a house ?

Click on any picture to enlarge.

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The Puma or Sdkfz 234 Sonderkraftfahrzeug was a fast, well armed German reconnaissance

car during WW2. They were produced from 1943-1944 with a well armed 5cm L/60 gun and a

Tatra V12 diesel engine which enabled the vehicle to have a top speed of about 55 mph.

The vehicle had 8 independent steerable wheels and a front and rear driving seat, enabling

a quick exit from danger when needed.

These 3 models are made by Skytrex(Command Decision) 234/2`s and are made of metal. Personally I think

plastic would have been a better idea as they weigh quiet a bit. I have painted all three in

Normandy campaign colours and left the exact division open to interpretation, thus the

minimal markings.

Hope you like them ?

Click on any picture to enlarge.

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I have not gone over board with the Panthers and Shermans as they are meant for quick gaming.

Just enough to get me back into the flow.

The jeep and truck will be used for objective markers.

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Its been a while ,but finally the tanks are rolling out across my battle board again. The dust is being blown off the paint pots and the brushes are being nursed back to life.

Anyway just a quick picture update on what is on the painting table as it pours down with freezing rain outside.

First up as you can see a friend has got me painting his tanks from the Gale Force 9 board game.

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Two 15mm basic plastic Shermans from the board game.
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Three, 15mm plastic Panthers(2 for the board game and a Zvezda model).
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Three, 15mm metal Skytrex Pumas.
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A 1/72 scale Revel jeep and 15mm plastic Zvezda Sturm Tiger.
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1/72 Revell American lorry, wrecked.
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A 15mm metal Citroen car by Loic.
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An O Gauge train for a Bolt Action diorama.
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Hopefully now that I am back in the swing of things you should get some more updates shortly.

A bit of fun

Posted: July 14, 2016 in 1/72, German, Wargaming
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I recently bought an old 1/72 scale Airfix Tiger for

99p including postage off fleabay and had a bit of fun

with it. Its a horrible kit to make as its fiddly and

missing loads of detail but for 99p I cannot complain.

Two photos with and without a bit of editing.

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Its not going to win any awards but its nice to have
something to play with while bigger projects are under
way. Its also good as a tester for different types of
weathering techniques.

Well its a SS Panzer Abt 101 Tiger in Normandy but as

to who is commanding it is anybody`s guess?

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Final thoughts on this model was that it came out really
well especially as its a different scale for me from the
normal.
As to the model quality itself I was a little disappointed,
with certain parts just not lining up correctly.

Next up I am painting a JTFM Stug which is apparently 1/56
scale at its best ? We will see.

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I have been after this book for a while and
finally managed to win an ebay auction at a
reasonable price(£30). Its sounds expensive but
its out of print and highly sort after by the modelling
community.

For your money you get 288 pages of mouth watering, glossy
pages. The first 34 pages are broken up into describing in
simple detail the techniques used in the book and it is all
supported with easy guide pictures and steps.

The remainder of the book is divided into eight sections, each
section covering a build of a different vehicle, showing the
painting and weathering.

I have read a lot of guides and books covering afv painting and
weathering techniques but this is simply the best so far. This book
describes everything in steps and pictures where other books skip stages
or keep back vital information like it is one great secret. Plus you
don’t need to be an expert as its written and explained so well anybody
can learn from it.

My only complaint is that there is so much stuff in this book I
don’t know where to start lol.

This is a must buy for any afv modeller and there are 3 other books
available as well but sadly also out of print. The remaining books
cover allied armour as well.
Hopefully these books will be re-printed in the near future and
everybody can get their hands on a copy.

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